A Jedi Master that once stood guard with his lightsaber has fallen in the icy desert landscape of Jedha.
Yesterday’s Rogue One trailer provided us with the most in depth look a the Star Wars Stories plot and also amazing imagery like what you see above. Besides the obvious images of Vader and the Death Star we were most taken with this statue above.
What is it? What is it for? Who is it?
And does it look like Obi-Wan to you too?
The location of the statue is Jedha, a small desert moon frosted by a permanent winter, Jedha is home to one of the first civilizations to explore the nature of the Force. At one time a world important to the Jedi Order, Jedha serves as a holy site for pilgrims from across the galaxy who seek spiritual guidance. Now, the Empire occupies Jedha, and a prolonged battle between Imperial forces and scattered Rebels carries on in the timeworn streets.
Was the statue guarding an entrance to a Jedi temple? Or was it a beacon for those seeking spiritual guidance? And knowing that the Empire now occupies Jedha, did the statue fall naturally or at the hands of the Empire?
While the statue does look very similar to Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, we don’t think that it is. That would limit the scope and how big the universe is of Star Wars. This was a concern for many after The Force Awakens, while a joy in so many ways, also felt all too familiar and small.
In a related topic, former Obi-Wan actor Ewan McGregor wants to return to his Jedi Master role. “I’ve always thought there was a story to tell between my last one and Alec Guinness’ first one. It would be fun to film that story now that I’m older,” said McGregor to Den of Geek. “I’d be the right age. I’m 45; Alec Guinness was what, 60? I could do two of them!”
“I don’t know how long he’s in the desert there, but it’s got to be 20 or 30 years,” McGregor said of Obi-Wan’s lost years between the Star Wars films. While we have our obvious issues with the Star Wars prequels we loved Ewan McGregor in the role. We’d welcome his return if the story was one worth telling.
As for that fallen statue, Jedha was one of the first locations for the Jedi, even before they were called the Jedi. This statue should be a millennia old and fallen from the elements. I hope there’s a backstory to who he was and what he accomplished, but only in passing. That is one of the elements of the original trilogy that kept our minds active and wondering for decades. That’s the fun of Star Wars.
What our your thoughts on this landmark of the Jedi Order? Let us know your thoughts and may the Force be with you.
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